Research Assistant
The Urban Institute - Washington, DC

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This posting is for one or two positions starting in Summer 2013. The candidates will work with prominent public finance economists at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) analyzing the revenue and distributional effects of the current tax system and proposed policy reforms. The candidates will routinely see their analysis quoted by major media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN.


The candidates will work with a large-scale microsimulation model of the U.S. tax system under the supervision of senior economists. Duties will include programming code for the model, conducting analysis of tax model output using spreadsheets and statistical packages such as SAS or STATA, and posting tax model output and related work on the TPC website. The candidates will also have the opportunity to conduct econometric analysis using large-scale data sets. The candidates may also work on issues in international and corporate tax policy, again under the supervision of senior economists.


Bachelor's degree required. Economics majors with substantial training in mathematics, computer programming, or statistics preferred. Candidates must have keen analytical and mathematical skills. Ideally, candidates will have SAS or STATA experience and/or training in a programming language. The successful candidates must be well organized with excellent attention to detail and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Ideally, candidates possess a keen interest in public policy issues and have completed an independent empirical project.
Only those major job duties necessary for proper job evaluation and/or labor market analysis have been included. Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/H. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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